Superintendents’ Perceptions of the North Carolina Aspiring Superintendent Program (73180)

Session Information: Education/Pedagogy
Session Chair: Andrea Wright

Saturday, 23 September 2023 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Room A (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

With the challenges of educational reforms, personnel management issues, budget approvals and maintaining working relationships with the school board, many superintendents do not have the skills and knowledge to lead a school district effectively (Hanover Research, 2014). The content, coursework, and structure of superintendent preparation programs should be aligned to effective leadership research (Pitkoff, 2010). Although national commissions and individual states have established the necessary academic degrees and professional career experiences, many superintendents are not well trained to handle the complexities of the job. The imperative need is to equip superintendents with continual learning methods and hands-on experiences, which would contribute to the continual knowledge that superintendents should reference to resolve various issues relating to students, staff and the community.

The purpose of this research study will be to determine if the North Carolina Aspiring Superintendent Program (NCASP) effectively prepares North Carolina educators to successfully transition into the superintendent’s role. North Carolina does not have any other superintendent preparation programs that would be offered through colleges, universities, professional or educational agencies. This research is based on the perceptions of the attendees of the program which began in 2016. The study will reveal how well business strategies, professional career development and leadership skills were explored and delivered in the curriculum design of the program.

1: In what ways do NC school superintendents believe the NCASP prepared them for the superintendent’s role?
2: What aspects offered emphasized one or more of the of the seven NC Standards for Superintendents?
3: What aspects from the NCASP emphasized ongoing professional development?
4: What aspects or courses from the NCASP have attributed to the superintendent’s professional relationships?

Andrea Wright, Granville County Schools, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Andrea A. Wright is currently Executive Director, Human Resources and Federal Programs for Tyrrell County Schools in North Carolina. She enjoys supporting adults with their professional development skills and career opportunities.

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00